Pink Salt, Properties And Use

Pink salt is a pure salt extracted in the Himalayas; beneficial for the well-being of the body because it is rich in trace elements. Let’s find out better.


The best-known and most widely used pink salt is that of the Himalayas. It is a natural rock salt, untreated and unrefined, extracted on the slopes of the Himalayan range in geological strata where there was a vast ocean in the secondary era (200 million years ago). The remnant of the primordial ocean dried up with the formation of the Himalayan mountain range. Therefore, it is a fossil salt resulting from an era in which the seas were not polluted. For this reason, it is considered the most precious and the most complete and pure of salts. Its pink color derives from the high concentration of minerals and trace elements, such as iron and copper. There are other types of pink salt on the market, such as Peruvian and Australian, which will be discussed later.

Properties And Benefits  Of Pink Salt

Because of its particular origin, pink salt absorbs substances that other salts do not. Furthermore, it is treated with chemical anti-caking agents to prevent it from hardening by absorbing humidity. On the other hand, Himalayan salt is the purest of salts because it is extracted and washed without refining treatment. A precious purity that gives rise to rich crystals of different shades, which contain the mineral salts and trace elements we need in the right proportions: copper, iron, a low sodium content and a good dose of antioxidants, for example. It is a salt that quickly assimilates into the intestine, so it is precious for restoring its balance and removing waste.

Use In The Kitchen And Beyond

It has a delicate flavor and is suitable for accompanying and enhancing food taste. Add it to soups at the end of cooking; do it on green or mixed salads and boiled or sautéed vegetables. The best food industries prefer excellent preservatives to traditional salt to prepare fine, medium, and long-term products. It is used in the kitchen and for cosmetics and body care. This precious salt can be used for skin care: its grains rubbed directly on the skin exert a deep natural peeling action, eliminating dead cells. 

It is an excellent disinfectant, which is ideal for hydrosaline preparations to treat ailments such as colds, dermatitis, conjunctivitis, and warts. All its properties can also be tested by placing the pink salt in soft sponge cushions, which, if slightly heated and placed on the painful area, give an immediate and lasting benefit. With pink salt, you can also make lamps: pink salt lamps, lit and heated by the bulb inside them, emit negative ions which compensate for the electrostatic of the air. Furthermore, the color of the pink salt gives a charming amber light, which is very relaxing and enveloping.

Curiosity About Pink Salt

Salt from a river? There is not only pink Himalayan salt, as previously mentioned. Here is the Australian pink Murray River salt, harvested in the Murray basin. The question is legitimate, but it has its explanation: the Murray is Australia’s main river and the water, during its journey, collects the mineral salts it carries to its mouth. Here, light and crunchy flakes of pink salt are formed thanks to the evaporation basins and the arid climate. The presence of red algae, rich in carotene, is the cause of the delicate peach-pink color.  The Pink Salt of Peru is, instead, a very ancient salt whose origins are intertwined with the legends of the Inca people. The fascinating feature of this salt is the extraction method: despite being Maras, the point from which it is extracted, a place over 3000 meters high, it is still sea salt. A saltwater basin is located just below this village, whose inhabitants only have to dig small pools to bring out the salt water and extract this great salt.


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